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Kathleen I. Cozzarelli, 78, tax accountant active as a volunteer

Dec. 1, 1938 – May 9, 2017

Kathleen I. Cozzarelli, a tax accountant and active volunteer, died in her North Buffalo home May 9. She was 78.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., the former Kathleen Isabella Burke graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and completed the Graduate Tax Program at the University at Buffalo.

Mrs. Cozzarelli moved from Brooklyn to Buffalo in 1962 and worked in tax accounting for the Internal Revenue Service and Dopkins and Co.

She was a volunteer for numerous community organizations, including the Buffalo History Museum, the Buffalo Science Museum and Meals on Wheels, where she delivered meals for more than 10 years. She also worked with UB’s Architectural Awareness Program and was an early advocate of the Buffalo waterfront and preservation of the grain elevators.

An avid gardener, traveler and music lover, she especially loved old-time country music and regularly attended concerts with the Thursday Lunch Bunch at the Sportsmen’s Tavern. She also was a dedicated game player and card player, particularly enjoying Rummy 500.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Frank; five daughters, Cathy, Isabelle, Delia, Julie and Claire; a son, John; a brother, Ken Burke; and eight grandchildren.

A private celebration of her life will be held in June.

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